When it first came to my attention, while reading New Synthesis of Bob Avakian and concept of dissent by Harsh Thakor, who regularly contributes to the Kasama Project, I didn’t think much about this subject. But Harsh Thakor’s article and some comments I read at Kasama encouraged me to do some research on my own as to the role that Avakian played in the end days of the Revolutionary International Movement (RIM) and his treatment of third world Maoist parties in that alliance. Regardless of his writings, his treatment of other RIM members was rude and patronizing.
Harsh Thakor’s article was on parts of Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) USA Chairman Bob Avakian’s new synthesis; which is called COMMUNISM: THE BEGINNING OF A NEW STAGE A Manifesto from the
Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. Thakor praised parts of it: “Bob Avakian makes an important contribution in his analysis that dissent is required within a Socialist Society. This was valid as in USSR and even in China in the period of the Cultural Revolution, sufficient scope of debate or dissent was not promoted.” He also pointed out that some of it runs contrary to what many Maoists believe in today’s world. He included some comments and opinions from other Maoists, such as Ajith, the Secretary of the Communist Party India (Marxist Leninist)-Naxilbari.
Most amusing were some comments left by Avakian supporters/ fans, at Harsh Thakor’s article and on some other articles about Alain Badiou. At one point one of these Avakianists suggested we promote his new synthesis in Nepal to regenerate the revolution there.
I have not actually read very much of Avakian’s new synthesis, although I have read a lot of his writings over the years. I began looking at comments and articles that have been written and posted on line, by other Maoist parties, commenting on Avakian and his latest works. What I found was disturbing, not merely because of his actual writings, but the accusations of several Maoist organizations, many of them past RIM members. They have accused him of using undemocratic methods to push his ideas into the RIM and excluding any real debate on them; trying to set himself up as a super cult of personality and contributing a great deal to the collapse of RIM. And that is not counting the complaints that he has almost completely abandoned Marxism-Leninism-Maoism for his new theories—which have led to the accusation that he is a revisionist.